"Wait time" and wisdom

IT'S not often that someone praises the advantages of a slower pace. Yet that's what at least one teacher is doing. Sharon Ellsworth teaches English at Grantsville Middle School in Utah, and she is a strong advocate of "wait time." In a column in The Christian Science Monitor, she describes this as taking a brief pause following a student's initial response to a question. Researchers have concluded that a student does his or her best thinking during those few quiet moments.

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March 27, 2000

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